The following is taken from
10 Steps to Knowing God
by Liz Linssen. Available on Amazon.
One day I was visiting a friend. It was a beautiful day and so her front door was open to the garden and the street, and I saw that there was a big junk pile in front of her house and a man
was there going through it all. I wasn’t paying any attention to it, but it really bothered her.
Shortly after, another friend came over by car to deliver a package and I went outside to help her
carry it. On the way back to my friend’s house, I suddenly saw a plastic bag literally right in my
way. I had to bend down to move it out of my way, but when I picked it up I realized there was atoaster inside the plastic bag! No one else had seen it. I took it out and it looked like new, and immediately, I knew this was a gift from God.
My friends started saying, “Oh it probably doesn’t work” etc., but they didn’t know anythingabout my broken toaster. I said to them, “Oh it works. I kn
ow it works. But just to please you, I will
plug it in.” And guess what? It worked! God my Father clearly just gave me that toaster simply
because He loves me, and it opened up more faith for me that I was lacking in my need of searching for a new apartmen
t. It was a revelation to me that God just gave me a gift because I’m
His child and He wanted to bless me.
God knew that Susie was struggling to believe He could provide a place to live, and so Hegave her this toaster as a token of His love, which enabled her to believe and trust God,overcoming her fears, for her greater need. What a wonderful and understanding God we serve.
Let’s never forget that our God who made this universe is well able to supply what we
need! And because He is God, it surely figures that He is going to work differently to what we
expect and when, but that doesn’t at all mean He has abandoned us or forgotten us as the
Israelites mistakenly assumed. Listen to what Moses later said to His people in Deuteronomy10:12
13, which explains
God wanted His people to follow Him:
And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,and to observe t
he Lord’s commands and the decrees that I am giving you today
for your own good?
According to these two verses, why does God want us to obey and revere Him?It was for their own good that God called them to follow and obey Him and that is the samereason God invites us to follow Him. Let us resolve to not be like those among the Israeliteswho allowed their fear to overcome them
fears of dying, hunger or thirst in the desert, fearsof being defeated by their enemies, of being led astray by their leaders, or of dying from disease
or plagues. Instead, let’s choose to believe God’s love for us and in His promises to provide forus. Don’t give in to the threatening fear of financial insecurity, loneliness, singleness, ill health
or unemployment. And remember G
od’s past faithfulness to you, which will encourage and
refresh your faith. Whenever you face a challenging or overwhelming situation, believe the
promises of God and don’t think God is going to abandon you. God’s perfect love for you will
banish your fear
and anxiety. Decide today to put your anchor down deep into God’s love for